Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield (SCI)



Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield is an international collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (OCLCI, commonly known as Hanban, Confucius Institute Headquarters), Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and Nanjing University (NJU).

SCI Documentary: "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the CI", filmed in 2014.

SCI Documentary: "China in your Eyes" 西方人眼中的中国,released in October 2016.

The University relationship with China 我们与中国的关系:

Kung Fu, Dance and Summer School for Children, 7th-25th August

(1). Kung Fu, Dance and Chinese Games for children aged 7-12

Summer School 1Week 1: 7th-11th August 2017, 9:00am – 1:00pm

FREE Admission to SHEFFIELD children with a Passport to Learning*, and aged 7-12, supported by Sheffield CU Festival 2017.

Places are limited on a first come first serve basis.

* Sheffield CU Festival is organised by Sheffield Children’s University (CU) , which encourages and celebrates participation in a wide range of inspiring learning opportunities outside school hours.

* Passport to Learning records CU Credits and can be purchased with us (at £2) or at Sheffield libraries. Parents need to sign the consent form inside the CU Passport.

(2). Mandarin Summer School for children aged 5-16

Summer School 2Week 2: 14th-18th August 2017, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Week 3: 21st-25th August 2017, 8:30am - 5:30pm

Heavily subsidised by the Confucius Institute, the Summer school is a fun learning and play care for school-age children (5-16 years olds) at every low fees.

Fees: £50 / week (5 days).

Activities include:
Journey into China Cultural Knowledge
Mandarin language
Chinese writing and calligraphy
Songs and music
Arts and Crafts
Kung Fu and Dance
Stories and Drama
Indoor and Outdoor games
Refreshments provided during break time.

Lunch Box: Please bring lunch for your child (for the Summer School). Lunch box should contain ice block.

Mandarin language is not prior requirement.   Click to download the flyer.

Dress code: Please wear loose, comfortable sportswear and flat-soled shoes (school PE shoes will do).

Venue: Council Chamber and Meeting Room 1&4, Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, S10 2TQ

Registrations at the University Online Store.    

Mandarin Language Courses for Adults

- "Survival Chinese" 5-evening Intensive Course

Survival ChineseOpen twice a year (end of September and early February), Survival Chinese suits for absolute beginners and runs from Monday to Friday, 5 evenings, aiming at introducing Chinese language, focusing on listening and speaking skills, and covering practical vocabulary and expressions that are useful for everyday situations.

The next round of Survival Chinese will be on 18th - 22nd September 2017.

Fees: £60 standard and £50 for Students/people over 60.  Registration via the University Online Store at the near time (input "Survival" in the search box)

NOTE: “Survival Chinese” will be refunded if the same student continues to take 12-week Beginners Mandarin course. The Refund takes place after 3 weeks into the semester.

- 12-week "Chinese for Everyone" Mandarin language courses

SCI coursesThese courses follow the University semester dates, but are not-university-credited, therefore they are open to everyone.

University semester dates, weekday evenings, 7-9pm.

Courses can be followed up for several semesters.

The next round of courses will start from Monday 25th September 2017.

Course Timetable will be similar to "Timetable Spring Semester 2017".

Registration is open via the University Online Store at the near time (input "Mandarin" in the search box).

- Mandarin Private Tuition

Specifically designed to meet personal learning objectives, Private Tuition, based on 1-1 or 1-2, is offered all year round. Prior to a private tuition, a meeting shall be held to assess the learner's Mandarin level, discussing specific needs and aims, and making decisions on learning resources and regular sessions. This meeting can take up to one hour and is free of charge.

The fee rate is £25/h, paid in advance for every 10 hourly-block, i.e. £250. One could choose 1h/w, or two of 1h/w, or 2h/w. The tuition normally takes place at the CI office.

Registration is open via the University Online Store all year round (input "Mandarin" in the search box)

- Wu-Style Tai Chi Course, Sunday 4-6pm

Following the University semester dates. The next round of courses will start from Monday 25th September 2017.     Registration is open via the University Online Store at the near time (input "Tai Chi" into the search box).

Sino-English Corner (SEC)


Held on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, at Students Union (opposite Santander Bank on Level 3), during university semester time, SEC provides opportunities for those interested in learning either Chinese or English to practice their target language and learn more about the target culture.

In addition, SEC is a place where you can find a peer tandem learning partner.

Furthermore, SEC organises outdoor activities and cultural events for all its members. The membership is free.

Mandarin Language Courses for Children and Parents on Saturdays


Mandarin language tuition for children is offered through the CI's affiliated Star Mandarin School, which is open to children aged 4-18, on Saturdays.

Two streams of teaching programmes are offered for English-speaking children (aged ~5  and aged >8) and for Chinese-heritage children.

Beginners' Courses start in September every year.  Children who have learned Mandarin Chinese before can enroll at any time.

All courses follow school calendar, 34 weeks a year.  Please contact: /07846262870





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CI Building Address:
Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield
5 Shearwood Road
S10 2TD

+44 (0) 114 22 28447

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